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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Jessica Braider
You can turn this powerhouse of a healthy grain, quinoa, into a light dinner with some flavorful additions. This is a portable crowd-pleaser, so is ideal for a potluck gathering.
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice or more to taste, optional
  • 3/4 cup sundried tomatoes diced
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts toasted
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley or basil finely chopped (or more to taste)
  • 15 pitted black or kalamata olives chopped

Instructions
 

  • Cook 1 cup quinoa according to the package directions. Remove it from the heat and fluff it with a fork.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the quinoa with all the other ingredients. Refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 days before serving.

Notes

Do Ahead or Delegate: Cook the quinoa, juice the lemon, dice the sundried tomatoes, toast the pine nuts, crumble the cheese if necessary and refrigerate, chop the parsley and olives, or fully prepare and refrigerate the dish.
Scramble Flavor Booster: Add ½ finely diced sweet onion, freshly ground black pepper and/or additional fresh herbs to the salad.
Tip: An easy way to toast pine nuts is to put them in a dry skillet and warm them over medium heat, tossing them every 30 seconds or so until they are lightly browned and fragrant (but be careful, they burn easily).  When you’re done toasting them, be sure to move them to a plate to cool so they don’t continue to cook.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values): Calories 344, Total Fat: 24g, 36%; Saturated Fat: 5g, 23%; Cholesterol: 17mg, 5%; Sodium: 560mg, 24%; Total Carbohydrate: 28g, 9%; Dietary Fiber: 4g, 14%; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 9g
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